Lorna A Rhodes
Anthropological perspective on the social and cultural formation of a variety of mythical figures. Examines their emergence and historical specificity, cultural meaning, and social implications. Emphasizes narrative in considering how contemporary institutions and public perceptions of danger are shaped by notions of "character" and the "monstrous."
This focus of this course is the "outlaw." We will consider: the Western outlaw as an American figure embodying the dream of autonomous action; the related notion of "character" as it plays out in contemporary criminal justice; and some wider implications of being "outside" the law in the contemporary US.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This will be a small class. There will be some lecture, some discussion and small group work, and several films.
Class assignments and grading
Short paper assignments and other guided writing.